Welcome to Downtown San Marcos. Where you can enjoy a leisurely brunch or dance the night away. Dine at charming bistros or get some outrageous burgers. Shop at stylish boutiques or quirky shops, either way we’re sure you’ll find something you can’t find anywhere else. Enjoy live music in small coffee shops, large venues, the streets – everywhere. Kick back and treat yourself to a cold craft beer to celebrate. Celebrate, the big game, a holiday, a good day of exploring San Marcos, or, just because it’s Tuesday – cheers! Oh, and have we mentioned the art? Teeny tiny paintings hidden in cracks and alleys. Giant murals begging to be included in your photos. And, of course, seven-foot-tall mermaids. Because why not? Where there’s always something going on. Art markets, concerts, parades and more. Because in San Marcos, the good times never end.
Download our downtown guide HERE.
Photo by: Christopher Paul Cardoza
Live music in San Marcos is a way of life and you’ll find it everywhere. From intimate acoustic shows in quaint coffee shops and large performances with 1,000 of your closest friends to rock shows in Kissing Alley and street performers on the square, the live music scene in San Marcos is something you need to experience for yourself.
See this week's lineup HERE.
Photo by: Romina Olson
Downtown San Marcos is home to three breweries and brewpubs within two blocks. That’s right, three places to drink craft beer all within walking distance from one another – you’re welcome. And of course, we recommend trying each of them, responsibly.
Find all our breweries HERE.
Photo by: Sana Shahid
Here in San Marcos we love extremes, and our food is no different. We like our French toast stuffed with things, our burgers smothered in guacamole AND queso, our pizza topped with French fries and mozzarella sticks, our Bloody Mary’s with all the fixings and we want to finish it all off with an adult beverage from a rooftop bar. Is that drool we see? Pull yourself together, we’ve got more explorin’ to do!
Download our dining guide HERE.
Photo by: Christopher Paul Cardoza
What you’ve heard is true, it is always a good day for a SMTXperience. From the annual parade featuring mermaids, yeah, it’s a thing, to a monthly art market filled with beautiful pieces from local artists and makers, there’s always something going on in San Marcos. Make sure you check our events calendar to plan your next Downtown SMTXperience.
See all upcoming events HERE.
Photo by: Son of a Sailor
You never know what you’ll find shopping in Downtown San Marcos. Maybe it’s your new favorite outfit or a fun vintage find. Or, maybe it’s beautiful hand-crafted earrings made out of tin cans by a local artist or a four foot cactus statue… Really, it’s anyone’s guess.
See all local shopping HERE.
Photo by: Andy Heatwole
There is two-hour street parking available around Downtown San Marcos, but a day spent exploring San Marcos is best when you can lose track of time and stay all day – in our opinion. You can find paid lots at one of these locations:
E. Hutchison St. at N. Guadalupe St. (On the corner)
- E. Hutchison St. at Fredericksburg St. (Across the street from First United Methodist Church)
- Texas State University public parking garage on University Dr. at N. Edward Gary St.
- CM Allen Parkway at San Antonio St. and Hopkins
- CM Allen Parkway and Hutchinson St
- Edward Gary St- Textbook Solutions (after-hours only)
All Downtown Attractions:
Downtown | Recently restored, the 1909 Hays County Courthouse is nestled in the center of the downtown square. Historic exhibits are now housed in it's lower floors.
Downtown | The LBJ MLK Crossroads Memorial is a visible monument at the corner of LBJ and MLK Drives, honoring the historic efforts of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in forging the most significant Civil Rights legislation since the Civil War.
Downtown | Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States lived in San Marcos while earning a degree in history and a permanent teaching certificate from Texas State University.